Glenville residents Agnes and Tony Triplo, center, entertain Mary and Bob Swanson of Orlando, Fla. at Saratoga Race Course on opening day in 1971. Agnes and Mary were sisters; the Swansons previously had lived in the Schenectady area.
On Monday, Aug. 2, 1971 — opening day — 19,413 people were in the clubhouse, box seats, grandstand and at the rail as Saratoga Race Course began its 103rd meet. Weather was cloudy and there was some humidity, but nobody seemed to be complaining. Barbara and Dick Verrutto of Rotterdam and Tony and Agnes Triplo of Glenville were among the stars in the stands. The Bendalls, McNeils, Doyles, Sykeses and Hennesseys — all of Schenectady — dressed for success.